Co-Existence or Conflict? The Role of Environmental Movements in the Oil-Tourism Interface in the North Atlantic

Co-Existence or Conflict? The Role of Environmental Movements in the Oil-Tourism Interface in the North Atlantic
Speaker: Dr Mark CJ Stoddart # Dept of Sociology, Memorial University
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Date and Time
30th Mar 2017 11:00 - 30th Mar 2017 12:45
6th Floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

This is a co-badged event between Sociology and Sustainable Development and Centre of Canadian Studies

A light lunch will be served after the seminar


The concept of the oil-tourism interface points to the ways in which tourism and oil are related. This often takes subtle, often mundane forms, such as the carbon footprint of tourist travel, or the impacts of climate change on tourism environments. However, contact points between tourism and oil can also come emerge through controversies over oil development in tourist destination areas. The project, “The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic” takes a comparative approach to understand how societies in Atlantic Canada, Norway, Iceland, Scotland and Denmark navigate the relationship between oil extraction and nature-based tourism development as visions for living with coastal environments. This presentation focuses on the role that environmental movements play in intervening in the oil-tourism interface in three of the case study regions: Atlantic Canada, Norway, and Iceland. As a comparison of these cases shows, environmental movements can align with nature-based tourism in opposition to oil extraction, but this is more likely when new oil exploration and development is proposed in regions that already have a well-established tourism industry that relies on wilderness and wildlife as key attractors. The relevance of social movement for public policy related to offshore oil and nature-based tourism development in these regions will also be discussed.


Mark C.J. Stoddart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University, with research interests in environmental sociology, social movements, and communications and culture. He is the author of the book, Making Meaning out of Mountains: The Political Ecology of Skiing (UBC Press). His work has appeared in Social Movement Studies; Interface; Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change; Global Environmental Change; Environmental Politics; Nature & Culture; Society & Natural Resources; and Sociological Quarterly.